Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued county court judgment for an unpaid debt of £535
A county court has ruled against Prime Minister Boris Johnson for an unpaid debt of £535.
The judgment, which was found via a search of the official database, shows that is dated October 26, 2020 – a key period concerning questions over Mr Johnson’s controversial refurbishment to his flat in Number 11 Downing Street.
It has emerged on Wednesday, May 12 that the “unsatisfied record” is registered to Mr Johnson at “10 Downing Street”, with officials seemingly unaware of the judgment.
The court records, first reported by the Private Eye magazine, do not state who the creditor is, nor the nature of the debt.
When pushed on the issue, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman has insisted the debt is not linked to the flat renovation, which the Electoral Commission is investigating to ascertain whether any donations were properly declared.
He said: “I have seen that report, we are looking into this issue.
“I can confirm it is nothing to do with the refurbishment of the Downing Street estate, where all such bills have been duly paid either by the Government or the Prime Minister personally.”
The judgment came less than a fortnight after a Conservative donor told the party he was donating £58,000 in relation to refurbishments at Mr Johnson’s official residence.
The Prime Minister has denied any wrongdoing and insisted he personally paid for the refurbishments, but has declined to say whether he received an initial loan.
Scrutiny intensified when former aide Dominic Cummings accused Mr Johnson of wanting donors to “secretly pay” for the renovations to the apartment in a “possibly illegal” move.
The Government’s website warns that bailiffs can be sent if judgments are not paid and highlights that banks and loan companies can also use the information to decide whether to issue credit or loans.
“If you’re late with your payments, you could be taken back to court and you may have to pay extra costs,” the Government website adds.
County court judgments can be issued if someone takes court action against an individual and they do not respond, with the judgment meaning that the court has formally decided the money is owed.